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Location

 

Stadio del Ghiaccio Agorà
Via dei Ciclamini, 23 Milano
Tel. +39 02 48 300 946
Fax + 39 02 41 21 821

The Ice Stadium Agorà can be easily reached by car - there's a parking area available right across the street. Agorà is also comfortably reachable by public transport. Here are some possibilities:

• by Bus: lines 49, 54, 58, 63 and 64
• by Tram: line 14
• by tube/underground: Line 1 (red) stop Primaticcio or Inganni.

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The Ice Stadium

The Agorà Ice Stadium has been operative for over 15 years, and represents today the largest structure in Milan for Ice Sports. 
Unique in Milan, it has an Olympic-sized rink (30x60 mts) and a capacity of 4.000 seats. 
Its characteristics allow it host national and international events and welcome lovers of all ice sports. In the last year it has been visited by more that 150.000 people.
Agorà, apart from promoting all the ice sports, is also organizing and promoting events and show that make it not only a sports center but also a place for fun and entertainment.
Among all the activities hosted in this structure, the A-league hockey championship, and competitions of figure skating, ice dancing, synchronized skating and short track speed skating. 
Agorà is promoting all these Ice sports and has established itself at the highest national and international levels in the figure skating departments. The skating team has more than 300 members, with skaters belonging also to the national team for figure skating and short track, in addition to its synchronized skating team.
 
Barbara Fusar Poli and Maurizio Margaglio, Agorà's most prestigious athletes, have conquered the Grand Prix, the European title and the World Championships in 2001, and have won an historical bronze medal at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.

more info on www.stadioghiaccio.it

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Hotels

 

Grand Hotel Brun
Via Caldera 21
20153 Milan
Ph. ( +39) 02. 45 27 11
Fax (+39) 02. 48 20 47 46
website: www.monrifhotels.it
e-mail: brun.res@monrifhotels.it

Holiday Inn MILAN
Via Lorenteggio 278
20152 Milano
Reception (+ 39) 02. 41 31 11
Fax (+ 39) 02. 41 31 13
website:Holiday Inn MILAN
Email milit.reservations@whgeu.com

Hotel Blu Visconti

Via Goldoni, 49
20090 Trezzano sul Naviglio
(MI)
Ph. (+ 39) 02. 48 40 20 94

Fax (+ 39) 02. 48 40 30 95
website: Hotel Blu Visconti
E-mail blu.visconti@inwind.it

Hotel Tiffany
Viale Leonardo Da Vinci 209
20090 Trezzano Sul Naviglio (MI)
Ph. (+39) 02. 48 40 11 78
Fax (+ 39) 0
2. 44 50 944

 

About Milan

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The Climate

The climate of Milan is Mediterranean, but like any large urban concentration buildings and human activity affect the local micro-climate. In the case of Milan this makes the weather rather more extreme. Summers can be swelteringly hot and humid, with temperatures rising above 86°F (30°C) during August. The mountains behind the city protect Milan somewhat from the severity of winter, but the weather is very chilly with temperatures occasionally dropping below freezing. Winter also brings rain showers and heavy fog.
Averages in March:
Rainfall (mm/inches) 71/2.8
Min Temp (°C/°F) 3/38
Max Temp (°C/°F) 13/55

 

Currency

All major credit cards are accepted in Italy. The currency is the Euro (€)
BANKS: Banks are open from Monday to Friday from 8.30 to 13.30 and from 14.45 to 16.15.
MONEY EXCHANGE:
Eurochange Linate: at international arrivals, open all day from 7.00 to 24.00 - and at international departures, al days from 6.00 to 22.00.
Eurochange Malpensa: Malpensa airport, open all day from 7.00 to 23.00.
Post Office - Piazza Cordusio 1, Mon-Fri 8.00-19.00, Sat 9.30-13.00.
American Express, Via Larga 4 tel. 02 721041.

 

Language

Italian
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Public transport

BUS/METRO
Public transport in Milan has a single tarif in the whole urban area. Tickets cost €1/each and is valid for 75 minutes on all lines of transport - though it can't be used twice on the underground lines. Ticktets are sold at newsagents, bar, tobacconists' and automatic machines. Tickets can't be bought on board. Public Transports run from 6.00 to 24.00, but there are also several night bus lines. Touristic day tickets are available for €3 for a 24hrs pass and €5.50 for a 48hrs pass. These are available at the newsagents in the underground stations, bars, tobacconist's and at the A.P.T. (agency for touristic promotion) offices in Piazza Duomo and at the Central Station.
more info on public trasport on the ATM site:
www.atm-mi.it
and also:
map of the underground system
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TAXI
Taxi in Milan are white coloured.
The base fee is €3.10; festive days have a supplement of €1.55 and there's a night supplement of € 3.10.
Radiotaxi can be booked through these phone numbers: Autoradiotaxi 02.85.85 - Taxi Blu 02.40.40 - Yellow Taxi 02.69.69
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GETTING TO AND FROM THE AIRPORTS
Milan's airports are:
LINATE - LIN 7km. from Milan's center.
MALPENSA - MXP at about 45km from the city center, in direction Varese.
Info for Aeroporti Linate and Malpensa SEA : Tel. 02 74852200 www.sea-aeroportimilano.it
Lost luggage for Linate: tel. 02 70124451.
Lost luggage for Malpensa: tel. 02 58581285 - 74854215
ORIO AL SERIO - BGY at about 45km from the city center, in direction Bergamo. for info: tel. 035326323 www.orioaeroporto.it

Getting into Milan from Linate
LINATE-CITY CENTER: Bus 73 A.T.M. www.atm-mi.it arriving in S. Babila (metro M1) in around. 20 min. Cost € 1,00
LINATE-CENTRAL STATION: Autostradale / Bus Starfly arriving in p.zza Luigi di Savoia (metro M1 - M3) in around. 30 min. - info:
Centrale Autostradale - tel. 02 33 91 07 94 www.autostradale.it

Getting into Milan from Malpensa
MALPENSA-CITY CENTER: Malpensa Express train service arriving at Cadorna Ferrovie Nord [M1-M2 Cadorna] in around 50 min - info:
Tel. 0220222 - 0227763 www.malpensaexpress.it . one-way ticket € 9.00 - children's reduced price (4-12yrs) €4.50.
MALPENSA- CENTRAL STATION: Bus Air Pullman arriving in Piazza Luigi di Savoia [M2-M3 Centrale F.S.] in around 60 minutes . info:
Air Pullman - tel. 02 58583202 www.airpullman.com Cost €4.50 - leaving every 20 minutes from 05.00 to 22.30
MALPENSA-CENTRAL STATION: Malpensa Bus Express arriving in Piazza Luigi di Savoia [M2-M3 Centrale F.S.] in around 50 minutes . info: Autostradale - tel. 02 33 91 07 94 www.autostradale.it Cost €5,50 euro - leaving every 20 minutes from 05.15 to 22.25

Getting into Milan from Orio al Serio
ORIO AL SERIO-CENTRAL STATION: Autostradale www.autostradale.it bus arriving in Piazza Luigi di Savoia in around 60 minutes. info:
Tel 02 33910794 Cost € 6,70 - kids (2 to 12 yrs) € 3,35

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TRAINS
Info on the state train service: Ferrovie dello Stato: tel. 892021 (from Italy only) www.trenitalia.com
CENTRAL STATION: (M2-M3 Centrale F.S.) - offices opening hours: 7.00-23.00
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other useful info

EMERGENCY NUMBERS:
Polizia ph.nr. 113
Carabinieri ph.nr. 112
Fire fighters ph.nr. 115
Local Police: ph.nr. 02 77271
Foreigners and passports office - via Montebello, 26 ph.nr. 02 62265777
Car rescue: A.C.I. Milano ph.nr. 803116
Ambulances ph.nr. 118
Anti-poisoning center ph.nr. 02 66101029
24hrs pharmacy:
Stazione Centrale, Departures Gallery, ph.nr. 02 6690935
Pharmacies open in night shifts:
P.zza Duomo, 21 ph.nr.. 02 86464832
Corso Buenos Aires, 4 ph.nr. 02 29513320
Via Boccaccio, 26 ph.nr. 02 4695281
V.le Lucania, 10 ph.nr. 02 57404805
P.zza V Giornate, 6 ph.nr. 02 55194867
Via Stradivari, 1 ph.nr. 02 29526966
Viale Ranzoni, 2 ph.nr. 02 48004681

more info:
www.milanoinfotourist.com/home.htm

map of the city center

Time Zone: GMT +1 (+2 in summer)

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The Sport

Short track is a kind of skating similar to speed skating but performed on a shorter track. In this kind of competitions a certain number of skaters - usually between 4 and 6 - skate simultaneously in an indoor ice track. Short track is one of the sports of the Winter Olympic program. The competitions take place on an oval track that has a lenght of 111,12 meters, on a single track. The starts are performed on a single line. The competitions, both for Ladies and Men, are disputed on the lenghts of 500 mts, 1000 mts, 1500 mts and 3000 mts.

Relay competitions are also disputed (3.000 m for Ladies and 5.000 m for Men), with teams of 4 athletes, alternating with each other ever la and a half (about 167 m), while the last two laps are skated by the same skater. The change is performed by pushing the new skater who's entering the track from the inside of the rink. The skater who has just finished his turn must move immediately away from the path, moving towards the exterior of the track, moving back to the interior of the ring only when his movements are not of obstacle for the other teams.

the history

Short track has its origin in the mass-start speed skating competitions. This kind of skating was particularly popular in the United States and in Canada and was radically different form the "international form" where the skaters competed in pairs. At the 1032 Winter Olympics the speed skating competition were performed with a mass start. Furthermore, in North America competitions were also being held indoor - e.g. at the Madison Square Garden in New York - on smaller tracks than those used for the outdoors events. In 1967, the International Skating Union (ISU) adopted short track, but it had to wait till 1976 before the first uinternational events were organized. In 1980 in Milan were disputed the first official World Championships and in 1988 short track was introduced to the Calgary Olympics as a demonstrative sport, becoming an official Olympic discipline in 1992 in Albertville.
Nowadays the official competitions for each season are 6 World Cup Competitions, the European Championships, the World Championships, the World Team Championships, The World Junior Championships, every 2 years the Universiade, the Youth Olympic Games and every 4 years the Winter Olympic Games. Canada was the dominant country in this sport for a long time, but this discipline has recently become very popular in the Asian nations, especially in the People's Republic of China, South Korea and Japan. Thanks to smaller rinks, shorter and more spectacular competitions, short track has grown far more than speed skating.

Italians and short track

The first Italians to conquer a Gold medal in a short track comeptition were the Men of the 5000m relay (Hugo Herrnhof, Orazio Fagone, Mirko Vuillermin and Maurizio Carnino) at the Lillehammer Olympics in 1994. In Salt Lake City in 2002 the Italian team (this time consisting of Maurizio Carnino, Fabio Carta, Nicola Franceschina, Nicola Rodigari e Michele Antonioli) confirmed its strenght by winning the silver medal.

The Italian Short Track athletes have obtained the following Olympic results:
gold medal for the 5.000 m Men relay in Lillehammer 1994 
silver medal for the men 500m in Lillehammer 1994 
silver medal for the 5.000 m Men relay in Salt Lake City 2002 
bronze medal for the 3.000 m Ladies relay in Torino 2006

Our National athletes are among the best in Europe and among the first in the worlds with Koreans, Chinese and Canadians. They train at the Bormio Ice rink, where the Federal Center is located and where international competitions are often held.

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CURRENT WORLD RECORDS Short Track Speed Skating

MEN

500 meters: Jean-François Monette, CAN Calgary 18.10.2003 41,184
1000 meters: Jiajun Li, CHN Bormio 14.02.2004 1.24,674
1500 meters: Hyun-Soo Ahn, KOR Marquette 24.10.2003 2.10,639
3000 meters: Hyun-Soo Ahn, KOR Beijing 07.12.2003 4.32,646
5000 meters Canada Relay: (Charles Hamelin, François-Louis Tremblay, Steve Robillard, Mathieu Turcotte) Beijing 13.03.2005 6.39,990

LADIES

500 meters: Evgenia Radanova, BUL Calgary 19.10.2001 43,671
1000 meters: Sun-Yu Jin, KOR Bormio 13.11.2005 1.30,037
1500 meters: Eun-Ju Jung, KOR Beijing 11.01.2004 2.18,861
3000 meters: Eun-Kyung Choi, KOR Calgary 22.10.2000 5.01,976
3000 meters Republic of Korea Relay: (Eun-Kyung Choi, Min-Jee Kim, Chun-Sa Byun, Gi-Hyun Ko) Calgary 19.10.2003 4.11,742

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the event short track Milano 2007

In March 2007, the Agorà ice stadium in Milan will be the location for the World Short Track Speed Skating Championships. Milan, then, will inherit after a year all the attention and popularity of the sport that only the Olympics can usually offer. Twenty-seven years later, the "world caravan" of short track comes back to Italy and to Milan, after being welcomed in 1980 in the historic Piranesi ice rink for those which would the next year become the first official ISU World Championships for this discipline.

For the Organizing committee and for Agorà, the organization of this world class event is the springboard for the affirmation and the development of a discipline that sees its future more likely in an urban location and not in remote valleys, being thus able to count on the great numbers offered by the possible users un the large Milanese environment. Approximately 30 delegations, representing the same number of nations from four continents will arrive in Milan to fight for the individual and relay titles, for a total of almost 300 people among skaters and delegates.

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